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Gluck: Alceste Live

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  • Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter, Paul Groves, Yann Beuron, Ludovic Tézier, Nicolas Testé, et al.
  • Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir
  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B000068VL1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,915 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Disc: 1

  1. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Ouverture
  2. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 1. Chœur: Dieux, rendez-nous notre roi, notre père!... Récitatif: Peuples, éco
  3. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 1. Chœur à deux parties: Ô malheureux Admète!... Récitatif: Sujets du roi le p
  4. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 1. Air: Grands Dieux! du destin qui m'accable... Récitatif: Suivez-moi dans le
  5. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 1. Pantomime
  6. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 1. Récitatif: Dieu puissant... Choeur et solo: Dieu puissant
  7. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 1. Récitatif: Dispensateur de la lumiÃ..re... Choeur et solo: Dieu puissant... Ré
  8. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 1. Récitatif: Immortel Apollon!... Pantomime pour le Sacrifice
  9. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 1. Récitatif: Apollon est sensible à vos gémissements... Solo: Le roi doit mou
  10. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 1. Récitatif: Où suis-je? Ô malheureuse Alceste!... Air: Non, ce n'est point u
  11. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 1. Solo: Tes destins sont remplis
  12. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 1. Air: Ombres, larves, pâles compagnes de la mort
  13. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 2. Chœur: Que les plus doux transports succèdent aux alarmes!
  14. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 2. Ballet. Chœur avec la danse: Que les plus doux transports
  15. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 2. Récitatif: Ô mon roi!... Chœur avec la danse: Vivez! aimez des jours dignes
  16. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 2. Récitatif: Alceste! - Cher époux!... Chœur mêlé avec la danse: Livrons-nous

Disc: 2

  1. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 2. Chœur avec la danse: Parez vos fronts de fleurs nouvelles
  2. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 2. Air: Ô Dieux! soutenez mon courage... Chœur: Parez vos fronts de fleurs nou
  3. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 2. Air: Bannis la crainte et les alarmes... Récitatif: Ciel! - Tu pleures?
  4. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 2. Air: Je n'ai jamais chéri la vie... Récitatif: Tu m'aimes, je t'adore... Ch
  5. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 2. Récitatif: Grands Dieux! pour mon époux... Chœur: Tant de grâces, tant de b
  6. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 2. Air: Ah! malgré moi, mon faible cœur... Air: Ô Ciel! quel supplice, quelle
  7. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 3. Récitatif: Nous ne pouvons trop répandre de larmes... Chœur à deux parties:
  8. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 3. Récitatif: Après de longs travaux... Chœur à deux parties: Pleure, ô patrie
  9. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 3. Récitatif: Au pouvoir de la mort je saurai la ravir... Air: C'est en vain q
  10. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 3. Récitatif: Grands Dieux, soutenez mon courage!... Chœur des Dieux Infernaux
  11. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 3. Air: Ah! Divinités implacables!
  12. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 3. Récitatif: Ciel! Admète!... Air: Vis pour garder le souvenir... Récitatif:
  13. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 3. Air: Caron t'appelle, entends sa voix... Récitatif: Qu'il vive!
  14. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 3. Chœur des Dieux Infernaux et soli: Alceste! le jour fuit
  15. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 3. Soli et chœur: Ami, leur rage est vaine... Récitatif: Des mains de l'amitié
  16. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 3. Récitatif: Poursuis, ô digne fils du souverain des Cieux... Et vous, qui vo
  17. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 3. Trio: Reçois, Dieu bienfaisant, l'hommage de nos coeurs
  18. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 3. Récitatif: Ô mes amis! Alceste m'est rendue... Chœur: Qu'ils vivent à jamai
  19. Alceste (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 44: Act 3. Chaconne

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BBC Review

Despite being a watershed between baroque and classical opera - and a major influence on Mozart, Berlioz and even Wagner -Gluck (1714-87) is still best known today for one opera. Orfeo ed Euridice might be a masterpiece but it's one that has tended to overshadow his other fine achievements.

With this recording of Alceste, Sir John Eliot Gardiner redresses the balance and restores the most neglected of Gluck's great operas to its rightful place in the musical canon. The English conductor and early music specialist offers a reading of blistering psychological intensity and first-rate musical integrity. He also plugs an important gap on disc; the only other available recording of the 1776 Paris version of Alceste is 20 years old and features a musically marvellous but theatrically disengaged Jessye Norman in the title role.

Gardiner turns the full beam of his historically informed performance knowledge to the score, illuminating its subtle colours and harmonic inflections with a pace and power that never threaten to become too far, too fast. He's superbly abetted by mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, whose perceptive performance as Alceste is one of emotional sincerity and spot-on vocal accuracy.

There's not a weak link in the supporting cast, either, with the English Baroque Soloists providing a sympathetic cushion on which rest Dietrich Henschel's stirring and strong High Priest and American tenor Paul Groves' youthful and refined Admète. The Monteverdi Choir is equally impressive in its role as chorus.

It's all the more impressive as a recording for being taken live from recent concert performances at London's Barbican Centre.

Gluck is a pivotal figure in opera - not just because of the number of operas he wrote (more than 40) but because of the way he balanced the musical and dramatic elements of the form. Those latter qualities couldn't be better illustrated than in this fine Philips set. Highly recommended. --Andrew McGregor

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